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Barnaby and Loaker is a weekly webcomic published every Thursday! All characters, designs and stories are created by Gary Mackean and are subject to Copyright. Fans can contact the Gremlins at their email- barnabyandloaker@googlemail.com or to contact the creator of the strip regarding commissions and questions please feel free to use- garymackean@aol.com

Thursday, 16 April 2015

"Who Will Buy This Wonderful Mole?"

 
Issue#96: "Who Will Buy This Wonderful Mole?"

Barnaby attempts to sell the Mole-Men....but soon has to drop his prices.  

Notes and References:

This issue takes it's title from the Oliver! : The Musical's song "Who Will Buy". The main chorus of the song contains the repeated line- "Who Will Buy This Wonderful Morning?". The musical was created by Lionel Bart in 1960 and made more famous in the 1968 film by Carol Reed.

After the recent problems with the Mole-Men in the last two issues, Barnaby decides to sell and eventually to give them away.

The desk that Barnaby is sitting at is similar to the desk that Barnaby and Loaker were seated at in the original header for the site.

Bancroft last appeared in Issue#85: "Bancroft Rises". He is still currently stuck in his gremlin suit.

Emily Hair can be seen walking towards Barnaby and Bancroft, implying that she will be taking some Mole-Men away with her.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

"Gremlin Gulliver's Travels"

 

Issue#95: "Gremlin Gulliver's Travels"

Barnaby realises that the Mole-Men are getting out of control...  

Notes and References:

The title of this issue comes from the satirical fantasy novel "Gulliver's Travels" written by Jonathan Swift in 1726. The novel is a pardoy travel-memoir of Lemuel Gulliver as he travels to the strange lands of Lilliput (a land ruled by tiny people), Brobdingnag (populated by giants) and Houyhnhnmland (a land where talking Horses are the dominant species)

The issues takes it's title from "Gulliver's Travels" because it mimics the famous scene where Gulliver is being tied down by the tiny folk of Lilliput. In the issue, Loaker is being tied down by the Mole-Men.

The Mole-men, who returned in Issue#94: "The Occupied Garden", make their presence known by tying down Loaker. Their strange manner and culture was previously hinted at in Issue#10: "Barnaby and Loaker VS The Mole-Men" where they could be seen worshipping Barnaby and Loaker's time capsule.

Beauregarde continues to show his frustration at the return of the Mole-Men.

Barnaby decides to do something about the Mole-Men, the conclusion to this will be seen next issue.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

"The Occupied Garden"

 

Issue#94: "The Occupied Garden"

Beauregarde discovers that the Mole-Men have returned...  

Notes and References:

The title of this issue is taken from Tracy Kasaboski's 2009 family war memoir "The Occupied Garden". This has been done on title alone and has no connection to the book. This issue deals with a literal overcrowding in Barnaby and Loaker's garden.

This issue marks the return of the Mole-Men characters, who last properly appeared in such a large group in Issue#42: "Beauregarde VS The Mole-Men" when Beauregarde kicked them out of the garden.

The mole-men last appeared in a minor background manner in Issue#81: "Beauregarde's Booze Blues".

Beauregarde mentions that "next door has the best carrots", he is referring to Kathy Dudbert's parents Mr and Mrs Dudbert and their garden. Beauregarde was last seen stealing their carrots in Issue#59: "Where The Wild Things Go".

The Mole-Men will continue to appear in the next couple of issues.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

"Loaker, After Dark"



Issue#93: "Loaker, After Dark"

A sleepwalking Loaker destroys half of Moloch Falls....

Notes and References:

This issue shows the damage that a sleepwalking Loaker can do in one night.

This issue also marks the first occasion of Loaker sleepwalking although Barnaby indicates that he has done this before.

Emily Hair tells Barnaby about a terrifying monster that destroyed the town. This is an example of her overactive imagination and how fast rumours spreads among the superstitious townsfolk.

The imaginary monster that appears in this issue is similar in appearance to Loaker's evil Counterpart Lord Loaker who last appeared in issue#76 "Crisis On Mixed Up Earths...Again" in a zombie universe.

Beauregarde appears in the final panel of this issue. The character last appeared in issue#81: "Beauregarde's Booze Blues".

Emily Hair last appeared in issue#89: "Silence of the Loakers"

Thursday, 19 March 2015

"Love and Other Imaginary Things"

 

Issue#92: "Love and Other Imaginary Things"

Kathy Breaks up with her boyfriend. Feigenbaum meets a Pooka lady...  

Notes and References:

The title of this issue is a reference on whether love is a genuine thing or if it's merely an imaginary concept much like Feigenbaum being an imaginary creature. The title is also a play on the 2010 romantic comedy "Love & Other Drugs" directed by Edward Zwick and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway.

In the first panel of this issue, Kathy Dudbert breaks up with her new boyfriend Barney. The relationship first started in issue#87: "Barnaby Banks Loves Kathy Dudbert". The reason for the break up in this issue is because of Kathy's enduring love for Barnaby.

Feigenbaum states that Pookas are immune to falling in love but quickly changes his mind when a female pooka walks past him.

The quote that Feigenbaum recites on the last panel of this issue is from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Here is the quote-  

This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet. Juliet, Act two, Scene two.

The quote basically means that the feeling of love between two individuals has just begun and will become much stronger as they continue to meet up.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

"Barnaby's Befuddlements"



Issue#91: "Barnaby's Befuddlements" 

Barnaby asks his father some questions...

Notes and References: 

The title of this strip is another example of alliteration used in some of the issues.

 After finding out that he can ask his dad anything, Barnaby proceeds to do so. The questions that Barnaby asks and the reasons behind them follow below-

"Why am I red and you're not?" 
 This question is connected to his adoption by the loving Banks family and his gremlin heritage.

"How do you know when a girl likes you?" 
This question comes from Barnaby's recent love problems with Kathy Dudbert in issue#87: "Barnaby Banks Loves Kathy Dudbert"

"Have you heard of someone called Feigenbaum?" 
This relates to Barnaby only seeing the pooka a few brief times and hearing Loaker and Emily Hair speaking about the character.

"Did Rupert really go to live on a farm?" 
This question reveals that Barnaby and Loaker's pet grembat has passed away at some point. Rupert first appeared in issue#15: "Barnaby and Loaker...and Rupert" and was last seen in issue#38: "Super-Gremlin and the Bald Wonder". Barnaby's parents have told their children a little white lie about Rupert going to live on a farm to spare them any pain.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

"The Gremlin, The Pooka and The Wardrobe"

 

Issue#90: "The Gremlin, The Pooka and The Wardrobe"

Loaker and Feigenbaum travel to a magical land....

Notes and References:

The title of the strip, the story and the images are all references to "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", A fantasy novel by C. S. Lewis published in 1950. The novel is part of a larger series of books that chronicles the adventures of the Pevensie children and others in the magical land of Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures.
As Feigenbaum points out, The wardrobe is a gateway to Narnia both in the original story and in this issue.

The costumes that Feigenbaum and Loaker wear after being kicked out of Narnia are reminiscent of the outfits the characters wear during the battles scenes of the 2005 film adaptation directed by Andrew Adamson starring Tilda Swinton, Liam Neeson and James McAvoy.

Feigenbaum states that the fauns they encountered were very rude and it seems like they kicked the two friends out of Narnia, this might indicate that this is a different version of Narnia than seen in the original novel.

The header image is a reference to the Lamp-Post scene where the youngest child Lucy Pevensie first meets the friendly faun Mr. Tumnus. The lampost is a major landmark of Narnia as it marks the beginning of Narnia.

The header also shows Loaker wearing his pjyamas and house-coat. He was last seen wearing these in issue#80 "The Snow Pooka".